Interior design: the sustainable materials in Mazda’s MX-30
Mazda has always paid meticulous attention to the materials it uses in its vehicles. Here, we take an up-close look at the environmentally friendly, sustainable details used in the stunning all-electric Mazda MX-30.
The idea of using cork in a car’s cabin may seem fanciful, but it actually makes perfect sense when trying to minimize the effects on the environment. Cork comes from the bark of cork oak trees, so it can be collected from the same trees again and again. The environmental footprint of the cork Mazda uses is reduced further by using leftovers from the production of cork stoppers for wine bottles. By developing a special coating that accentuates cork’s natural characteristics, and creating a method for simultaneously molding a mixture of cork and base materials, the warmth and beauty of the material is complemented by an in-built durability.
“Cork is a natural material that helps to create a look which is uniquely Mazda.”
Plastic waste is a global concern, but by using recycled bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET for short), Mazda has created “breathing” fabric that can be used in a car’s cabin. The term “breathing” refers to the texture—like human breathing, it is uneven and warm, and the fabric looks as though it is suffused with air. In some respects, it is similar to washi, Japanese paper, which is made from intertwined fibers. Washi provides the design inspiration for this non-woven fabric, which can be intricately shaped while giving a unique look and feel for a classic, stylish finish.
“Recycled plastic bottles provide the threads for a ‘breathing’ fabric.”
Premium Vintage Leatherette
Traditionally, faux leather has been perceived as an inferior alternative to real leather, but Mazda is now challenging this way of thinking with a fresh approach. On its latest Premium Vintage Leatherette, top-quality vegan leather is used for the base of the material and printed with a classic vintage leather pattern. This is then finished with a carefully measured silicon coating that gives it a sense of depth and texture, ensuring it is satisfying to touch. As the material isn’t created from living things and almost no organic solvents are required in its production, the overall environmental impact of the process is significantly reduced.
“By not using organic solvents, the faux leather reduces environmental impact.”
Words Graham Hope / Photography Andy Barter
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